How did Florida get here?
At 10-2, the Gators finished in second place in the SEC East. Florida actually started out its season undefeated before eventually losing to the current No. 1 team, LSU. A loss to Georgia then bumped the Gators down from No. 6 to No. 10 -- but Florida finished the season on a three-game winning streak and inside the top 10.
The Gators haven't been to the Orange Bowl since 2002, when they dismantled the Maryland Terrapins. This is their second consecutive New Year's Six bowl game, and comes on the heels of a Peach Bowl victory last season under then-first-year head coach Dan Mullen.
As ESPN's Andrea Adelson mentioned in her preview of the bowl game, LB Jonathan Greenard's impact this season on defense -- 8.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss -- spills over into this game, as containing Virginia quarterback Bryce Perkins will be the key to getting a win. The Gators allow just 14.4 points per game.
How did Virginia get here?
The Cavaliers finished 9-4, but their 6-2 conference record and end-of-season upset against Virginia Tech gave them their first ACC Coastal Division championship.
This is their first appearance in the Orange Bowl, and only their second appearance in a major bowl game. (The last was the 1991 Sugar Bowl.) Virginia is playing in its third straight bowl after won the Belk Bowl last season.
Perkins has been Virginia's starting quarterback for two years and, as a dual-threat quarterback, he essentially encapsulates the Cavaliers' entire offense, accounting for 29 total touchdowns and 3,960 total yards this season. If he can get going against the Gators, his team could pull off the upset.
Who's going to win the Orange Bowl?
Florida is currently a 14.5-point favorite and has an 82.1% chance of winning, according to ESPN's Football Power Index.